Year Seven! INSPYs 2017 Nominations are Now Open

inspys-com-winter-nomination-featureHello, INSPY readers. The advisory board is excited to open year seven of the INSPY Awards, a program for the bloggers’ “best in fiction” award is welcoming a new year and opening the nominations for 2017.

The Inspys were created to select and showcase books with the highest literary standards that grapple with the Christian faith and were designed to help readers in their search for the preeminent faith-inspired literature of today.  This program is organized and judged by book bloggers who have considerable experience and knowledge of books published for both the CBA, general and INDIE markets.

If you haven’t nominated a book in the past year, please note, we’ve made a significant change to our nomination process. For you, the nominator, the rules remain the same, only difference you’ll note is the lack of a publicized long list. This is because the advisory board will be collecting our long list from the top 15 nominated novels in each category. So, even if you know someone else has nominated your favorite read of 2016 or you’re certain it’s already been nominated, go ahead and add your voice because that nomination could be the 15th vote that gets the book into the top fifteen.

Once the task of the top 15 is calculated and complete, we will publicize our long list, which will be then narrowed down to five books and from there, the same judging process will apply. For more information on the changes, please refer to our announcement post.

Please read through our Nominating Refresher post, and the nomination rules before nominating.

The dates of eligibility include books published in print between January 1, 2016 and December 31, 2016. If a print book was released as an ebook prior to 2016, it is ineligible.

Books may be nominated in any of the following categories:

Debut Novel

General Fiction

Contemporary Romance/Romantic Suspense

Historical Romance

Speculative Fiction

Mystery & Thriller

Literature for Young Adults

For more detailed description of categories please see the Revised Nomination Categories. If you’d like to read more about the nominating process, read our blog post with some tips on nominating the right books in their best categories. Pull out those lists and let’s begin!

The deadline to nominate a book is January 16. Winners of the seventh annual INSPY awards will be announced June 28, 2017.

To stay up to date with all things INSPYs follow along with us on Twitter | Facebook | Google+ | Goodreads

Or email us with any questions: inspyawards@gmail.com

We look forward to your nominations. Besides nominating the best in faith-driven literature, another way to help today is to spread the word — blog about the INSPYs, tell your friends.inspy nominations

 

Year Six! The 2016 INSPY Awards are Now Open

awhCbhLqRceCdjcPQUnn_IMG_0249Good morning, INSPY readers. The advisory board is excited to open year six of the INSPY Awards, a program for the bloggers’ “best in fiction” award is welcoming a new year and opening the nominations for 2016.

The Inspys were created to select and showcase books with the highest literary standards that grapple with the Christian faith and were designed to help readers in their search for the preeminent faith-inspired literature of today.  This program is organized and judged by book bloggers who have considerable experience and knowledge of books published for both the CBA and general markets.

This year, we’ve made a significant change to our nomination process. For you, the nominator, the rules remain the same, only difference you’ll note is the lack of a publicized long list. This is because the advisory board will be collection our long list from the top 15 nominated novels in each category. So, even if you know someone else who has nominated your favorite read of 2015 or you’re certain it’s already been nominated, go ahead and add your voice because that nomination could be the 15th vote that gets the book into the top fifteen.

Once the task of the top 15 is calculated and complete, we will publicize our long list, which will be then narrowed down to five books and from there, the same judging process will apply. For more information on the changes, please refer to our announcement post.

Please note the book eligibility and the nomination rules:

  • The dates of eligibility have returned to a 12 month timeframe and will include books published in print between January 1, 2015 and December 31, 2015. If a print book was released as an ebook prior to 2015, it is ineligible.

  • Self-published books have been eliminated from consideration.

  • Reissues are ineligible
  • Books can not be self-nominated by their author.

Books may be nominated in any of the following categories:

  • Debut Novel
  • General Fiction
  • Contemporary Romance/Romantic Suspense
  • Historical Romance
  • Speculative Fiction
  • Mystery & Thriller
  • Literature for Young Adults

For more detailed description of categories please see the Revised Nomination Categories. If you’d like to read more about the nominating process, read our blog post with some tips on nominating the right books in their best categories. Pull out those lists and let’s begin!

The deadline to nominate a book is January 16. Winners of the sixth annual INSPY awards will be announced June 28, 2016.

To stay up to date with all things INSPYs follow along on:

Twitter
Facebook

Google+
Goodreads

Or email us with any questions: inspyawards@gmail.com

We look forward to your nominations. Besides nominating the best in faith-driven literature, another way to help today is to spread the word — blog about the INSPYs, tell your friends.

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Announcement: Nomination Changes for the 2016 INSPY Awards

photo-1421338443272-0dde2463976aWelcome to the 2016 Inspy Awards. The Inspy Advisory Board hopes our American readers enjoyed a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday and wishes you a joyful Christmas season.

With today’s post, we’re readying to usher in another awards season. Do you feel the anticipation in the air? Nominations for the 2016 Inspy Awards are a matter of days away. We don’t know about you, but we cannot believe how close the end of 2015 is. With that comes the close of another year and the start of a new Inspy Awards season.

The Advisory Board has been busy with lots of chats that are leading to some reinvention of our program this year. We appreciate and love the opportunity to host these awards that are for avid readers and book bloggers alike. We also enjoy the chance to spotlight the authors whose novels make the shortlist. But with that enthusiasm and excitement comes a long list of nominations that can, at times, be overwhelming. As a result of this, our 2016 award season is undergoing changes.

The nomination process (for you) will remain the same (readers are allowed one nomination per genre), but instead of the nomination list being public, the Advisory Board will keep it private. The long list will be the top 15 nominated in each genre (comprised of the number of books nominated the most). Once this happens, we will make the long list public. From there, the same practices and polices will apply. We’ll then decide on the short lists by narrowing those top 15 books down to five.

The same timeline will apply to judges and the application process.

For your convenience, please find all of the updated page links below. We thank you for your continued support of the Inspys. So, make yourself a cup of your favorite warm drink and begin making lists – and don’t forget to check them twice, because on December 27th, we again invite you to be a part of this awards program with the nominations opening.

For more specific guides to the nominating process, please refer to our Nomination Guidelines and Book Criteria.

Back for Year 5. The 2015 INSPY Nominations are Open!

It’s back! Year five for the bloggers “best in fiction” award is welcoming a new year and opening the nominations for 2015.

The Inspys were created to select and showcase books with the highest literary standards that grapple with the Christian faith and were designed to help readers in their search for the preeminent faith-inspired literature of today.  This program is organized and judged by book bloggers who have considerable experience and knowledge of books published for both the CBA and general markets.

Please note the book eligibility and the nomination rules:

  • Debut Novel and Historical Romance categories were introduced in 2014.

  • The Romance category has been broadened and renamed the Contemporary Romance/Romantic Suspense category

  • The dates of eligibility have returned to a 12 month timeframe and will include books published in print between January 1, 2014 and December 31, 2014.

  • Self-published books have been eliminated from consideration.

  • Books can not be self-nominated by their author.

Books may be nominated in any of the following categories:

  • Debut Novel
  • General Fiction
  • Contemporary Romance/Romantic Suspense
  • Historical Romance
  • Speculative Fiction
  • Mystery & Thriller
  • Literature for Young Adults

For more detailed description of categories please see the Revised Nomination Categories. If you’d like to read more about the nominating process, read our recent blog post with some tips on nominating the right books in their best categories. Pull out those lists and let’s begin!

The deadline to nominate a book is January 16. winners of the fifth annual INSPY awards will be announced June 28, 2015.

To stay up to date with all things INSPYs follow along on:

Twitter
Facebook

Google+
Goodreads

Or email us with any questions: inspyawards@gmail.com

We look forward to your nominations. Besides nominating the best in faith-driven literature, another way to help today is to spread the word — blog about the INSPYs, tell your friends.

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Nominating Books: Helpful Tips

inspyLast year, the Inspy’s introduced a new panel of seven different genre categories. This was up two from prior years. Those seven categories are:

– Contemporary Romance/Romantic Suspense
– Debut Novel
– Historical Romance
– General Fiction
– Literature for Young Adult
– Mystery and Thriller
– Speculative Fiction

Today, we’re looking at the ins-and-outs of the categories and are setting out what the genres mean. The purpose of this is to try and answer any questions you may have about which categories potential nominations best fit into. Nominating can be a tricky business since most novels do fit into more than one neat box and by proxy, category. Ideally the best way to know which category is the best fit for a book is to pull out its more predominant category fit, element or topic and place it into that genre. Let’s get started.

Last year’s winning nomination for Debut Novel was Dear Mr. Knightley. This category fit this novel beautifully despite its multiple attributes. Let’s look a little closer at the possible categories it also could have been nominated in. Contemporary Romance/Romantic Suspense would also be a genre Dear Mr. Knightley could have been put into (and it was in fact nominated in this additionally). At the heart of the book, romance in the traditional sense is not its primary focus – instead its lens is focused on a now 20-something former foster kid, Samantha Moore, who is out to find herself. Would this book have deserved to win in the contemporary category? Probably, yes, but let’s consider this: the debut category was created to recognize extraordinary debuts – Katherine Reay’s novel was the epitome of that definition.

General Fiction is another category that nominators seem to struggle with which books apply. Last year’s winner was Wings of Glass, again an excellent fit. Consider what is driving the story – is it a romance or is it more about life’s choices and the results of them? If it’s the latter like say a book in the style of The Prayer Box or To Know You, these would appropriately fit this category. Another set of books that could also be put into this genre would be any inspirational (or any genre if you like) secular novels. As a faith-driven awards program we don’t accept anything that is amoral, however we’d love to see you nominate some of your inspirational secular fiction titles as well.

Then there is the YA corner which is a market Christian fiction is just now trying to break into and so far, some of the creations coming from CBA author’s either sounds promising or has made a splashy debut. When nominating your favorite YA fiction, stop and consider who it’s been written to appeal to. Just because it may have speculative elements doesn’t mean it’s best suited to our Speculative category – most YA novels have a definite “voice” that is for the younger audience. Krista McGee, Jenny B. Jones or the writing duo of Carey Corp and Lorie Langdon are a few names who have bravely traversed this seemingly taboo genre for Christian fiction. One example to cite would be Right Where I Belong, a novel written several years ago that, yes, could be placed in our Contemporary Romance category, but primarily, it was written to appeal to the YA crowd and for judging purposes the story is best served when considered among its YA peers.

Some of the books we do not accept are Indie published novels or books there were first released only in e-book format.

The goal of this was to hopefully help you, the nominator understand the categories better as well. Additionally it was meant to demonstrate how it helps the advisory board when narrowing down the nominated books to five per category – judging these books by their peers is the fair process. Finally, if in doubt consider checking sites like Goodreads or Amazon to see how they categorize a book or do feel free to ask us – and most of all, please don’t stress the nominating process. Part of the reason for these awards is to have fun and we want you to enjoy participating as much as we have enjoyed seeing that the behind-the-scenes run smoothly. If you aren’t the first nominator and there is a book you really wanted to nominate consider what other category it would apply and by all means, nominate it. But first nominators, consider which category best encompasses the story. Once that is done, go forth and nominate – nominations opens to you only days from now!

Have those lists ready! Nominations open December 27th.

The Inspy Awards 2013 Nominations Are Now Open!

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2013 INSPYs Nominations Open

December 27, 2012—Nominations for 2013 INSPY Awards — http://inspys.com — opened today.

After a hiatus from our 2012 awards season, The INSPY Awards has returned for a third year. The INSPYs were created to select and showcase books with the highest literary standards that grapple with the Christian faith and were designed to help readers in their search for the preeminent faith-inspired literature of today. This program is organized and judged by book bloggers who have considerable experience and knowledge of books published for both the CBA and general markets.

We welcome the return of advisory board members Lydia Mazzei (http://www.overweightbookshelf.com/), Rel Mollet (http://relzreviewz.com/), Hannah Nielsen (http://wordlily.com/) , Amy Riley (http://MyFriendAmysBlog.com), and are thrilled to introduce our new member Stacy Millican (http://www.thenovellife.com/).

Please note that the advisory board has made the following changes to book eligibility and the nomination process:

  • Due to our 2012 hiatus, the dates of eligibility have been broadened to include books published between July 1, 2011 and December 31, 2012.
  • Individuals can now nominate only one book per category and must include a brief explanation of why they think a book is worthy of recognition.
  • The Creative Nonfiction category has been eliminated this year as we believe the strength of the INSPYs lies in focusing on fiction.

Book nominations are sought in the following genres: Romance, Literature for Young People, General Fiction, Speculative Fiction, and Mystery & Thriller. The deadline to nominate a book is January 16.

Besides nominating the best in faith-driven literature, another way to help today is to spread the word — blog about the INSPYs, tell your friends.

The winners of the third annual INSPY awards will be announced June 28, 2013.

To stay informed, subscribe to the site: http://inspys.com.

Contact: inspyawards@gmail.com

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